After experiencing heartbreak in the 200 meters at the state 3A track meet in Pasco May 26, Shorecrest’s Kevin Ramos sought to redeem himself at the Meet of Champions at Woolsey Stadium June 2.
Ramos, the favorite to win the 200 meters at state, flinched at the start and was disqualified.
But against some of the top sprinters from Washington and Oregon he didn’t disappoint.
Ramos cruised to first in a personal record time of 22.14 seconds, beating out Brennan East of the Oregon team, who finished in 22.23.
“I just wanted redemption,” said Ramos, who ended his high school career on a high note.
“I felt confident,” he said. “I had to push it to the limit. It feels good going out on top. I’m glad I had a chance to represent Washington and give it my all.”
The Washington boys beat Oregon 385 to 228 to take a 6-1 series lead in the meet sponsored by Brooks. This was the first time the meet was held in Washington. Last year it was held at Lewis &Clark College in Portland.
Ramos also ran a leg on Washington’s winning 400 relay team (42.10) that included Mike Vetter, Ezra Griffey and Jack Holly. Ramos also competed on a 1,600 relay team that finished third in 3:26.69 and included King’s Josh Fuller, Holly and Griffey.
Ramos is still undecided about college, but hopes Eastern Washington is an option.
Fuller, the 1A Washington state champion in the 100, 200 and 400, finished fifth in the 200 in 22.60.
“I’ve got two more years to improve,” said Fuller, a sophomore. “It’s fun coming out here and seeing so many good athletes.”
King’s distance medley relay of Jeff Dull, Evan Dull, Austin Dean and Erik Halvorson set a meet record of 10:26.83 en route to a victory.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Yon Yilma finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:24.51, more than a second behind Washington teammate Tyler Thatcher, who was third. Mariner’s Dak Riek came from behind to win in 9:14.18.
“I was well-rested,” Yilma said. “The last lap I pushed it. Almost had the other guy, he outkicked me. Fourth is not a bad place.”
On the girls side, Washington won with a score of 407.5 to Oregon’s 260.5.
King’s Olivia Thomas finished seventh in the 1,600 with a time of 5:22.25.
Seven meet records and 28 Woolsey Stadium records fell during the meet. Washington brought more athletes to the meet than Oregon and the meet was better attended by Washington fans this year than when it was held in Oregon.